In Memoriam


In Memory of

Walter Thomas Toews

March 6, 1944 - August 7, 2017


On the evening of August 7, 2017, Walter "Walt" Thomas Toews passed away peacefully at Hackensack Hospital in Hackensack, NJ surrounded by his loving wife and family after a long battle with Cancer.

Walter was 73 years old. Born on March 6, 1944 at Englewood Hospital in Englewood, NJ to Paul Alfred Toews and Alice Joan Stapleton, Walt is survived by a brother, Thomas Toews married to Susan, his wife of 53 years, Anne Elizabeth Toews, five children, four grandchildren, and two grandchildren on the way. His children include: Jenny Lee married to Todd Kenneth Hoven, Debra Pauline married to Gregory Andrew Martin Jr., Derek Paul married to Christine Marie, Alison Mary married to Dylan Buckley and Paul Joseph. Grandchildren include: Gregory A. Martin III, Emma Elizabeth Martin, Wesley Joseph Toews and Michael Thomas Buckley. Two additional grandchildren are expected to arrive later this year.

No stranger to the fast lane, Walt's passion for cars and racing was evident in the business he owned with partners, Louie and Anne - LAW (Louie, Anne and Walter) Automotive located in Fairview, NJ which opened in 1965. He was well-known for building racing engines and he was an avid NHRA drag car racer. Recently, it was announced that he will be inducted into the East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame where his love for the sport will live on. In addition to living for his passion in a race car, Walt was employed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for 34 years. He was dedicated to work and had a perfect attendance during his tenure at the Port Authority. He was also an educated man with 12 years of education including trade school, and he was active in the Army National Guard from 1959-1965.

Walt was also the President of Lindy's Lake Association. One of Walt's favorite annual traditions was road tripping across the U.S. with his family where they would enjoy camping, hiking and biking.

Memorial visitation will be held at Barrett Funeral Home 148 Dean Drive, Tenafly on Saturday August 12, 2017 from 3:00pm - 6:00pm with memorial service at 3:30pm.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to American Cancer Society in Walt's name.

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A Memorial Visitation Saturday, August 12, 2017 3:00pm - 6:00pm, A memorial service has been set up this Saturday, August 12, 2017, at 3:30pm to celebrate the life of Walter Thomas Toews.


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